What is Minoxidil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Rogaine Extra Strength Rogaine Foam

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Minoxidil Topical is used to stimulate hair growth and to slow balding. It is most effective for people under 40 years of age whose hair loss is recent. It has no effect on receding hairlines. It does not cure baldness; most new hair is lost within a few months after the drug is stopped.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Alopecia areata 7 6
Male pattern baldness 5 4
Female pattern baldness 3 2
Hair loss 3 0
High blood pressure (hypertension) 3 0
Elevated blood pressure 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
0
Mild
1
None
11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Minoxidil

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 1
Hair loss 1
Migraine 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Minoxidil

Dosage Patients
0.5 mL daily 1
5 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Minoxidil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Other 4
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Minoxidil

Duration

Currently taking Minoxidil

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Minoxidil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 9
Not specified 0
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2 patient evaluations for Minoxidil

Aug 18, 2015 (Started Jul 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for female pattern baldness)
  • Side effects
    Severe (migraine)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mL Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for alopecia areata)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I have only been taking it for about 2 months, so no regrowth yet. Things are much better up there though. I used to run my hand through my hair and have up to 10 hairs left in my hand. Now there is hardly ever a single hair! My hairs falling out used to be all over my work desk, and now there is NO hair on my desk. Fantastic!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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